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The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association is the only international trade association representing all segments of the cemetery, funeral service, cremation and memorialization profession.

Founded in 1887 as the Association of American Cemetery Superintendents, the organization was created by a group of 18 cemeterians whose goal was to improve the appearance and operations of their properties. Throughout its first century of operation, the association grew in size and mission and underwent several name changes, but it remained a national cemetery-only organization. In 1996, the association became the International Cemetery and Funeral Association, expanding its membership to include funeral homes and other related businesses and extending its reach beyond U.S. borders. In 2007, “Cremation” was added to the name to more accurately reflect the operations and goals of its membership.

Today, the ICCFA is composed of more than 8,900 cemeteries, funeral homes, crematories, memorial designers and related businesses worldwide. It serves and supports these members through a host of benefits designed to increase their management proficiency and improve their businesses--from regular updates on government and legal issues, to educational meetings, to a variety of services and products tailored to meet their needs.

The ICCFA promotes consumer choices, pre-arrangement and open competition and has created more than two dozen model guidelines advocating state legislation on a variety of consumer-related issues. The association also assists consumers more directly through information resources, as well as through a complaint mediation service.

Mission Statement

Providing exceptional education, networking and legislative guidance and support to progressive cemetery, funeral and cremation professionals worldwide.

 

Bylaws & Obligations of Membership

You may download our Bylaws & Obligations of Membership by clicking here.

 


 

ICCFA Staff

All staff may be contacted by phone at 800.645.7700 and the extensions listed below (except where noted)

Executive Director and General Counsel
ROBERT M. FELLS
Ext. 1212

Director of Operations
NADIRA E. BADDELIYANAGE
Ext. 1225

Director, Communications & Membership Services
ROBERT TREADWAY
Ext. 1224

Membership Manager
SHEILA J. CEPHAS
Ext. 1217

Office Administrator & Associations Liaison
BRENDA CLOUGH
Ext. 1214

Administrative/Accounting Assistant
SHARNICA DE SILVA
Ext. 1216

Meetings Coordinator
KAREN R. GRAY
Ext. 1219

Executive Assistant
LINDA GREGORY
Ext. 1211

Education & Programs Manager
KIRSTEN KASE
Ext. 1221

Cremation Programs Coordinator
POUL LEMASTERS, ESQ.

Managing Editor
SUSAN J. LOVING
Ext. 1222

Product Development Coordinator
DANIEL OSORIO
Ext. 1215

Supplier Relations Manager
RICK PLATTER
Ext. 1213

Meeting Planner
KELLY SPANN
Ext. 1220

 


Officers

2014-2015 President Fred Lappin, CCE

President
I. FREDERICK LAPPIN, CCE
Knollwood Cemetery Corporation and
Sharon Memorial Park
Sharon, Massachusetts

President-Elect
DARIN B. DRABING
Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries
Glendale, California

Vice President, Education
MICHAEL R. USELTON, CCFE
Gibraltar Remembrance Services
Palmetto, Florida

Vice President, Membership & Marketing
JAY DODDS, CFSP
Signature Group
Houston, Texas

Vice President, Internal Affairs
SCOTT R. SELLS, CCFE
Service Corporation International
San Jose, California

Vice President, External Affairs
CHRISTINE TOSON HENTGES, CCE
The Tribute Companies Inc.
Hartland, Wisconsin

Treasurer
GARY M. FREYTAG, CCFE
Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum
Cincinnati, Ohio

Secretary
DANIEL VILLA
Inglewood Park Cemetery
Inglewood, California


Board of Directors

STACY ADMAMS (17)
Serenity Meadows Memorial Park Funeral Home & Crematory
Riverview, Florida

LAUREN BLEVINS (16)
Williams Funeral Home & Crematory
Columbia, Tennessee

MINDY BOTBOL (17)
Shalom Memorial Park & Shalom Memorial Funeral Home
Arlington Heights, Illinois

SHAWNA DE LA CRUZ (17)
Forest Lawn Memorial Parks
Glendale, California

ALLEN L. DAVE, JR. (16)
Allen Dave Funeral Directors & Cremation Tribute Center
Cypress, Texas

DARIN B. DRABING (16)
Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries
Glendale, California

JENNIFER FREW, CCE (17)
Green Hills Memorial Park
Rancho Palos Verdes, California

PAUL GOLDSTEIN (17)
Hillside Memorial Park & Mortuary
Los Angeles, California

CHRISTINE TOSON HENTGES, CCE (15)
The Tribute Companies Inc.
Hartland, WI

TIMOTHY J. HOFF, CFSP (16)
Hoff Funeral & Cremation Service
St. Charles, Minnesota

CARESSA HUGHES (17)
Service Corporation International
Houston, Texas

KEENAN L. KNOPKE, CCE (15)
Curlew Hills Memory Gardens
Palm Harbor, FL

JOHN T. McQUEEN, CFSP (15)
Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes, Cemetery & Crematory
St. Petersburg, FL

BLAIR H. NELSEN, CFuE, CFSP (15)
Service Corporation International
Richmond, VA

MARLA J. NOEL, CPA (16)
Fairhaven Memorial Park & Mortuary
Santa Ana, California

ROBBIE PAPE (17)
Service Corporation International
Houston, Texas

JAMES D. PRICE, CCFE, CCrE (15)
Tampa, FL

ABIGAIL BRAMMER QUIOCHO (16)
Gibraltar Rememberance Services
Indianapolis, Indiana

M. YVAN RODRIGUE (16)
Services Commemoratifs Celebris
Montreal, C

ANTHONY RUSSO (15)
Cypress Hills Cemetery
Brooklyn, NY

JAMES R. STARKS, CFuE,  CCrE (17)
J Starks Consulting
Lutz, Florida

G. KENNETH STEPHENS (16)
Stewart Enterprises, Inc.
Dallas, Texas

GREGG A. STROM, CCE (15)
StoneMor Partners
Bristol, PA

DANIEL L. VILLA (15)
Inglewood Park Cemetery
Inglewood, CA

Ex-Officio Pet Loss Professionals Alliance representative to serve a three-year term on the Board:

COLEEN ELLIS, CPLP (15)
Two Hearts Pet Loss Center
Greenwood, IN

IMSA appointment to serve a one-year term on the Board:

FREDERICK W. MILLER, CCE
Memorial Business Systems
Brentwood, TN

Past Presidents elected to serve a one-year term on the Board: 

GREG J. EASLEY, CCE
Forest Lawn Memorial Park
Omaha, Nebraska

PAUL M. ELVIG
Paul Elvig
Everett, Washington

RAY FREW, CCFE
Green Hills Memorial Park
Rancho Palos Verdes, California

 

Here is what ICCFA members have to say about the association:

 

 


ICCFA Service Bureau, Inc. Board of Directors

ROBERT M. FELLS, President
C. JOHN LINGE, CCFE, Chairman
BILL ADDISON, Vice Chair (member selected)
DAVID SHIPPER, Secretary
CARESSA HUGHES, Treasurer (ICCFA appointed)
ROBERT GORDON, SR., CCFE, CCrE, CSE, Member-Elect (ICCFA appointed)


Cemetery Consumer Service Council (CCSC)

ICCFA Representatives:
STEPHEN G. BURRILL, CCE, CCrE
THOMAS P. DALY, CCE, CCCE



Committees

Executive Committee
ICCFA President
I. FREDERICK LAPPIN, CCE
Knollwood Cemetery Corporation and
Sharon Memorial Park
Sharon, Massachusetts

ICCFA President-Elect
DARIN B. DRABING
Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries
Glendale, California

ICCFA Immediate Past President
NANCY R. LOHMAN, CCFE

StoneMor Partners LP and Lohman Funeral Homes, Cemeteries & Cremation
Ormond Beach, Florida

GARY M. FREYTAG, CCFE
Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum
Cincinnati, Ohio
(president’s appointment)

RAY FREW, CCFE
Green Hills Memorial Park
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
(past presidents' appointment)

ICCFA Treasurer
GARY M. FREYTAG, CCFE
Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum
Cincinnati, Ohio
(ex-officio)

Educational Steering Committee
MICHAEL R. USELTON, CCFE, Vice President

ICCFA University: ERNIE HEFFNER, CFuE, Chancellor
Fall Management Conference: ANDRES AGUILAR, and MIKE USELTON, CCFE, Chairs
Wide World of Sales Conference: PAUL GOLDSTEIN, and WANDA SIZEMORE
Annual Convention & Exposition: CARESSA HUGHES, and DANIEL VILLA

External Affairs Steering Committee
CHRISTINE TOSON HENTGES, CCE, Vice President

State Association & Regulation Subcommittee: PAUL ELVIG, Chairman

Internal Affairs Steering Committee
SCOTT R. SELLS, CCFE, Vice President

Membership & Marketing Steering Committee
JAY DODDS, CFSP, Vice President

Next Generation Committee: JOHN GOUCH

Member Benefits Review Committee: MARLA J. NOEL, Chair

Personalization Subcommittee: STEPHEN BITTHER, CCE, CCCE

Finance Committee
GARY M. FREYTAG, CCFE, Chairman

Future Directions Committee
DARIN B. DRABING, Chairman

Government & Legal Affairs Committee
IRWIN W. SHIPPER, CCE, Chairman

Government & Legal Fundraising Subcommittee: IRWIN W. SHIPPER, CCE, Chairman

Tax Subcommittee: IRWIN W. SHIPPER, CCE, Chairman

Nominating & Elections Committee
NANCY R. LOHMAN, CCFE, Chairman

Certification Subcommittee: ROBERT A. GORDON, SR., CCFE, CCrE, CSE, Chairman

Credentials & Elections Subcommittee: GREG J. EASLEY, CCE, and NANCY R. LOHMAN, CCFE, Co-Chairs

Hall of Fame Subcommittee: NANCY R. LOHMAN, CCFE, Chairman

Political Action Committee
PAUL M. ELVIG, Chairman

Disbursement Subcommittee: IRWIN W. SHIPPER, CCE, Chairman

Sales & Marketing Committee
NICOLE WIEDEMAN, Chair

 

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